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Best Way to Get Your Textbooks

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Hello!

Every semester it’s the same struggle, when having to buy your textbooks… You end up with questions like where do I buy my books? Why are they so expensive? Do I really need them? In this post I wanted to share with you some of the tips and tricks I’ve accumulated throughout my 4 semesters here at FIT. It’s something I would get really frustrated with, because I had to buy all my textbooks from my own pocket (like a lot of students here at FIT), and I would end up spending hundreds of $ on textbooks I would barely use!

My number one tip, before buying any textbooks is to wait after your first week (because you rarely use it the first day of class) of school to get them, because it happens so many times that the teachers don’t like the books and won’t use them during the semester or they will hand you out their handouts, with the most important information.

If after the first week the teachers insist for the textbook then get them and you are someone like me who needs to have a physical copy of a book in order to learn and highlight, here are some alternatives to buying or renting them at Barnes & Nobles:

  • Join the FIT class of 2018 facebook group, students are always selling their old books on there at great prices (because usually we want to get rid of them).
  • RENT or buy them on Amazon. I usually try to rent them if I can, because they are so much cheaper and then I’m not stuck with a book at the end of the semester.

If you are someone who doesn’t need a physical copy of a book and really don’t have any money to spend on textbooks, and reading them online or reading scans isn’t an issue for you then you can go to the school library and they have all the textbooks there. You can take pictures of the chapters and pages with your phone, or scan them, or you can read them at the library and take notes.

I really hope this post was helpful for you and if you have any other questions please feel free to leave them in the comments below!

xoxo

-Z

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Applying

Applying to any university can be absolutely terrifying.  From the deadlines, fees, essay questions, and portfolio submissions (Art & Design only), you’ve got a whole lot on your plate!  Here are some tips that I wish someone would have told me prior to applying to FIT or any university:

  1. Your most recent work may not be your best work.
    This applies to art and design students only, but sometimes the work that you created last minute for your portfolio submission may not be the best work that you’ve ever done.  It is best to take time and start your portfolio compilation early so that you can execute your craft to your full potential.
  2. Choose a school that is best for YOU.
    While this may be self explanatory, don’t choose a school that you FEEL like you should go to based on your friends and comfort.  Choose a school that speaks to you and feels right for your career, academic, and lifestyle goals.  College is the time to find yourself and go outside of your comfort zone.  Don’t settle!
  3. Start early.
    You may have already heard this from your parents and I’m sure you don’t want to take time out of your summer to work on your applications, but the sooner you get them done, the less stressed you will be!  Set a deadline for yourself and take it day by day.
  4. Ask questions.
    If you are confused about any part of the application, get in touch with the admissions office (212-217-3760).  Everyone in the office is there to help you!  While they won’t be able to tell you what piece you should submit or if your essay sounds good, they can help you if you have any confusion about the application process or due dates.
  5. Make a checklist.
    Outside of the general application for FIT, there is a SUNY application, fees, and deadlines that you need to follow.  Write everything down and make a checklist of all of the tasks that you need to accomplish in order to ensure that everything is in on time.

Best of luck with your applications!

Ashley

The wonders of the job world

Hi everyone,

I hope you are enjoying your summer vacation. Its flying by , it felt like just yesterday we started summer. But for me that only means one thing, I am only a few months away from graduating and becoming a true full time employee.

With every degree you wonder , am I going to get a job after college? What jobs are out there? Who will hire me? and the answer is when your an FIT student jobs are endless! We are creative and unique people and that’s exactly why we chose FIT as the school for us.

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Currently I am about to have two degrees from FIT. I have a background and associates in interior design and I am about to graduate with my bachelors in ITM or international trade and marketing.  With both backgrounds my opportunities for jobs are everywhere! When people look at my resume from a marketing stand point they love that I have an interior design background, it shows my creative side and also that I am a good planner.

Some jobs that I have been applying to for after school include a little bit of both. One that I am really interested in right now is a company that manufactures bedding and ships them to the US internationally. This is great for me because I understand it from all aspects. Some other jobs are international account manager, strategic planner, event coordinator, marketing coordinator , importer/ exporter for both national and international companies. I may even end up staying at my current job which is a software company , being the head of sales, or something related to that or marketing.

My best advice is to interview for a few different options when looking for the perfect full time job for you. Feel out the company , see if its the right fit for you. Start this process about 2-3 months before you graduate, that way you aren’t left in the dark with nothing to do once school ends.

FIT also offers many services to help you find a job after school, as well as you can always reach out to us or even past professors.

Good Luck with your hunt :), and I hope this semester is the best one yet for you !

Xoxo

Kailee

 

Moving: Tips and Tricks

In my previous post, I mentioned that I am leaving Manhattan.  Not only is finding an apartment incredibly stressful, but the moving process is no joke either.  I’m here to help you out to make the process run as smoothly as possible!

  • Pack early – The earlier you begin to pack, the sooner you know an estimate of how many boxes to tell the moving company and you feel more prepared going into the move.
  • Buy boxes – Unless you’re really, really busy, you should be able to find time to pack everything up yourself and not pay an arm and leg to have a moving company pack up all of your things.  I recommend purchasing boxes from Home Depot to get the best price.
  • Yelp everything – From moving companies to special deals, Yelp knows best when getting the best bang for your buck.  Most people that go out of their way to write reviews on Yelp are pretty passionate about the service that they received.  Look out for overall positive ratings and the most recent reviews.
  • Pick a day – If you know that you have to be out of your apartment by a certain day, plan in advance to move out as close to that day as possible to get the best bang for your buck.  Alternatively, move out a week from that last day so you can gradually transfer your belongings over from one apartment to the other, and potentially save money on a moving company.
  • Make a to-do list – I am the queen of making lists.  Nothing is more satisfying than completing a task and checking it off the list.  Making lists also help you remember what you need to still complete, pack up, or set aside.
  • Breathe – This is a tough one, but the more you plan, the more relaxed you will be, the smoother the move will go, the sooner you’ll be in your new home!

Best of luck!

Ashley

What’s Next For International Students

Hello!

This is for all the international students, who are freaking out, because they don’t know what to do next! When I first got accepted to FIT, it was such a stressful process, because since I was an international student it meant I had so many extra steps to take into consideration. It made me so nervous. I was so scared of misunderstanding something, that I would call the school 3 times a day (I had a lovely phone bill at the end of the month). Here are a few helpful steps to make it easier for you, when you have to go through that process:

  1. Pay your tuition deposit You want to make sure you secure your spot!
  2. Start your visa application Once you got accepted you will have to fill out the ISFS (International Student Financial Statement) and send it to the school. They will then send you a confirmation with your I-20, which will then allow you to apply for an F-1 visa at the US consulate in your country.
  3. Get all the vaccines required That was a really long and tough process, because they wouldn’t accept my translation of the vaccines, they needed my doctor to translate everything in english and then sign it (he didn’t speak english).
  4. Book your flight ticket Once my visa was accepted, I bought my flight ticket straight away. It’s cheaper to buy your plan ticket earlier, so I didn’t waist a second, since I knew I was going to that school.
  5. Decide where to live Do you want to have your own apartment or dorm? I would dorm, if it’s your very first time in New York. It helps you settle down with less stress and you have time to get used to the city. If you are considering dorming don’t wait to apply, because the spots get taken really quickly.

xoxo

Zorya